Zeena Parkins

Zeena Parkins. Photo by Peter B. Kaars.

Zeena Parkins is a pioneer of contemporary harp practice and performance. She has built one-of-a-kind electric harps and has extended the language of the acoustic harp with unusual playing techniques, preparations, and layers of electronic processing. She has been commissioned by Ne(x)tworks, Roulette Intermedium, William Winant, the Whitney Museum, and the Tate Modern; and has released scores of recordings, including the recent, Trouble in Paradise with Ikue Mori. Her collaborations are extensive and crossdisciplinary, with choreographers Jennifer Monson, DD Dorvillier, Neil Greenberg, and Jennifer Lacey; filmmakers Cynthia Madansky and Daria Martin; and musicians Björk, Fred Frith, Yoko Ono, Butch Morris, Christian Marclay, and Maja Ratkje. She has been awarded received grants from NPN Creation Fund (2012), MAP Fund (2011, 2005, 2004), the French-American Jazz Exchange (2010), and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (1997). Parkins served as a Performance LOI panelist in 2014 and a Pew Fellowships panelist in 2016.


Daniel Tucker’s Center-funded exhibition will open with a series of newly commissioned performances by theater artist Thomas Graves, performance artist Jennifer Kidwell, poet and Pew Fellow Frank Sherlock, poet Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, and performance artist Salem Collo-Julin.

Based on historical letters written by soldiers, the Rosenbach Museum & Library hosted an exhibition and program for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and their families.

Grants & Grantees

Robert Maggio is a musician and a 1999 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Pepón Osorio is a visual artist and a 2006 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Christian Michel is a painter and a 1993 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Johannes Goebel joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2002 as the founding director of the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center.

Grants & Grantees

Jackie Tileston is a visual artist and a 2004 Pew Fellow.

Dove encourages artists to dance in unusual places. Why? Out of necessity, he says.

Grants & Grantees

Founded in 1900, the Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the world’s leading orchestras.

The Curtis Institute of Music mounted this fully staged production, presented in collaboration with Opera Philadelphia and Kimmel Center Presents.

WPCA cultivates interest and support for the arts in West Philadelphia by increasing the visibility of the community’s cultural resources.

Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design fosters the study, exploration, and management of the arts: media, design, the performing, and visual.